Punta Arenas, Chile

Marae Taputapuatea
Jeep Safari to Raiatea 
Canoeing on the Faaroa River

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Punta Arenas

Childhood Garden of the Gods

Raiatea, the cradle of the gods. Home to priceless archaeological treasures, testimonials to a culture that is still present today. We are in the heart of French Polynesia, on the sacred island that represents the history, royalty and religion of a simply extraordinary civilization.

 
Thanks to your MSC World Cruise, you will disembark on the shores of lovely scene to go hiking through lush tropical gardens, palm trees, mountains, waterfalls and rivers, on the discovery of rare endemic flora and fauna that is just as spectacular. The safari will take you around the island into the bamboo, chestnut and mango forests, the only place in the world where you can find the white flower that is the symbol of Raiatea: the Apetahi, which blooms only at dawn.
 
From here your vacation with MSC Cruises will continue to Marae Taputapuatea in the southeastern part of the island. This is the most important temple of Polynesia, a religious complex consisting of several ceremonial areas built of stone and coral, dedicated to Oro, the god of war.
 
Raiatea also boasts the only navigable river in the country, known as Faaroa. You can not pass up the opportunity to make a canoe trip into the heart of the forest to admire the wild hibiscus plants and set off into a tropical fjord surrounded by mountains. The canoe will take you to the islet of Motu Iriru, where you can swim, snorkel and take walks. Scuba diving is a very popular sport here, and you can even reach the wreck of the ship Nordby, which sank in 1900, lying at a depth of 29 meters.

Raiatea is a must for nature lovers and those who wish to deepen their knowledge of Polynesian culture, an island that moves people and gives them unforgettable moments during their MSC Cruises vacation. 

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    Valles lunares y copas de vino
    Valles lunares y copas de vino

    Comprimido entre los picos nevados de los Andes y las olas del océano Pacífico, Chile es el país perfecto para los amantes de las actividades al aire libre y la naturaleza gracias a sus impresionantes parques nacionales y reservas, que protegen una increíble variedad de plantas y animales.

    Un MSC World Cruise te llevará hasta el extremo de este larguísimo país de más de 4300 km desde Arica, en la frontera entre Chile y Perú, hasta Punta Arenas, en la frontera con Argentina, ¡recorriendo todo lo que hay en medio! 
    Durante un crucero, tal vez no puedas ver el desierto más árido del mundo (el de Atacama, con su fascinante valle de la Luna), los elevados senderos del Parque Nacional Lauca, situados a entre 4000 y 6000 metros de altitud, ni los picos volcánicos y los verdes paisajes de la Región de Los Lagos (muy similar a los Alpes europeos). Pero, sin duda, tendrás la oportunidad de disfrutar de la agreste Patagonia y de las estatuas talladas por los Rapa Nui en la Isla de Pascua. 
    Una excursión de MSC te llevará a la capital de Chile, Santiago, a la que se puede llegar fácilmente desde el pintoresco puerto de Valparaíso. La ciudad está ubicada en el valle central del país, cerca de una zona que se caracteriza por sus viñedos, por ejemplo el valle de Colchagua, y de varias estaciones de esquí.